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Equality adviser/consultant

As part of our work we review the performance of the regulators in meeting their duties to protect the public and examine decisions of their fitness to practise panels to ensure that they are sufficient to protect the public. We have statutory duties to promote co-operation and good practice among these regulators and need consider public confidence in the work of the regulators. We also run a scheme that accredits voluntary registers of health care practitioners where those registers meet our Standards.

We are a small organisation, consisting of approximately 40 members of staff, overseen by a Board of eight non-executives. Information about our work can be found here

In the light of the Black Lives Matter movement, we are reviewing its approach to equality, diversity and inclusion with regard to its internal processes and culture, but also to its external approach and, particularly, towards the regulators and registers we oversee.  We have established a working group of staff and Board members to take the work forward.

The working group is looking for a consultant with expertise in equality, diversity and inclusion to assist the group in its work and, particularly, to provide an independent, expert focus on assessing the Authority’s processes and advice on good practice.  In particular, we would expect the consultant to assist with:

  • An audit of the Authority’s internal processes (including its HR and other work) and external processes (including its work reviewing the performance of regulators and reviewing fitness to practise decisions) processes to assess compliance with good practice
  • Identifying work that can be done to improve the Authority’s processes to ensure that they promote equality, diversity and inclusion as an employer, in its own work and in that of those whose work it oversees
  • Identifying work that the Authority can do so that it has a culture that actively promotes equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Developing an action plan and supporting the implementation of that plan.

We would expect the initial work to be undertaken flexibly over a period of at least three months (probably around two or three days per week) with a review once the working group has developed its action plan. The precise arrangements can be discussed with the consultant.

Experience and competencies

We are looking for a consultant with the following experience and competencies:

  1. Significant experience in delivering advice and good practice on equality, diversity and inclusion in the public sector
  2. Experience of advising on cultural issues within organisations and how a change of culture can be achieved
  3. Experience of conducting equality and diversity audits
  4. The ability to work effectively with and provide constructive challenge to a small, committed working groups within a small organisation
  5. Advising on implementing and communicating change within the organisation and externally
  6. Ability to facilitate wider discussions within the organisation and, possibly other stakeholders.

A knowledge of professional regulatory issues, particularly in respect of health and social care would be an advantage.

To apply

Please send expressions of interest in the following form:

  • A covering letter setting out your interest and experience addressing how you can assist the Authority in respect of this brief
  • A CV setting out your career history
  • An indication of your daily rates and availability and your terms and conditions
  • Two referees whom we can contact to discuss your work with them.

Please send this to Mark Stobbs to arrive no later than  17:00 on 23 October 2020.